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Monday, July 9, 2007

It Has Begun! Media Reports of Worldwide Revival in the Catholic Church

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: While the article is clearly written by a journalist with a liberal mindset, and is critical of the pope in many ways, the author is forced to admit certain facts which he cannot deny. The election of Pope Benedict XVI has brought with it a resurgence of Catholicism throughout the world. With each statement the pope makes, even those causing backlash, Catholicism seems to surge forward. What is exciting about this phenomenon is that the renewal doesn't just reflect numbers. It would appear a deep sense of Catholic identity is returning to the faithful, and the more "conservative" this pope reveals himself to be, the more he is loved by the Church...
(The Times Online): ...“This is a Pope who — contrary to conventional wisdom — is in tune with the faithful,” one Vatican source said....

...The distinction between “the good and progressive John Paul and the bad conservative Benedict” was a false one, Mr Tornielli told The Times. “Ratzinger was John Paul’s closest adviser for over two decades, and many of his initiatives as Pope — including the Tridentine Mass — are developments of John Paul’s own ideas.”...

...Presenting the Holy See’s annual budget yesterday, Cardinal Sebastiani noted that not only had it closed last year with a surplus of €2.4 million, partly thanks to diocesan donations, there had also been a “huge jump” in “Peter’s Pence”, the annual church collections given directly to the Pope to use for charity, from $60 million (£30 million) in 2005 to $102 million. “The days when people talked of papal bankruptcy are past,” said Marco Tosatti, Vatican correspondent of La Stampa.

John Paul, who is on the road to sainthood, continues to be an attraction: with up to 35,000 pilgrims filing past his tomb in the crypt of St Peter’s every day, the Vatican is considering moving the tomb into the Basilica.

Record numbers attend Benedict’s weekly audiences, and seven million people a year now visit St Peter’s, a rise of 20 per cent. Similar increases are recorded for pilgrimages to Catholic shrines at Assisi, Lourdes, Fatima in Portugal and Madonna di Guadalupe in Mexico. “This is a Ratzinger phenomenon,” reported La Repubblica....

- On his election, Benedict XVI replaced the crown on the papal arms with a mitre, indicating a rejection of political power

- He has maintained the Church’s position on artificial birth control, abortion and homosexuality, areas that reformers had hoped would change

- Deus Est Caritas, Benedict’s first encyclical, argued that the concept of “Eros”, or sexual love, now signified simply sex. Its warmth and insight surprised commentators

- In March, the Pope affirmed the Catholic doctrine that Hell “exists and is eternal for those who shut their hearts to [God’s] love”. The move caused controversy amongst liberal theologians...

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